Tenth Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup was stunning success

OKEECHOBEE — The Tenth Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup is over. Despite a nasty cold front pushing down on it, the Roundup still was able to draw a total of 342 units of blood. While an average mobile visit yields 15 to 20 units, that means The Roundup was a stunning success.

Marie Kirchhoff, who is in charge of prize distribution, with Dan the Blood Man and Roundup Chairman Raye Deusinger.

Marie Kirchhoff, who is in charge of prize distribution, with Dan the Blood Man and Roundup Chairman Raye Deusinger.

Due to a different counting system, recently employed, that might not sound as high as was done in the past. However, the Roundup stopped counting numbers several years ago and is happy to know that Okeechobee’s population will be in good shape through the holidays.

The Roundup received so many wonderful gifts, they were able to award 14 Grand Prizes. Winners are: Jessie McKinney, winner of the Corn Hole Game; Aladin Sherwood, winner of the Internet Services Gift Card; Ralph Coile, winner of the OK Corral Membership; Rosa Carpio, winner of the Myers Notary Services; Mary Sweis, winner of the Just 4 Bass Fishing Trip; Edward Lauth, winner of the Florida Trophy Gator certificate.

Amos McDaniel won the Dell Monitor; Marilyn Rinear won the painting by Fawn Barr; John Fertitta won the stay at KOA; Dixie Hallett won the fishing trip from Okeechobee Charters; Steven Pinder won the Costopoulos and Helton Certificate; Linda Harper won the quilt from the Tantie Quilters; John Bosley won the stay at Seminole Inn and Susan Blackburn won the gift basket from Okeechobee Veterinary.

Congratulations also, to the winners of the more than 200 prizes given by local businesses, companies and individuals and Okeechobee restaurants who provided food to feed all the workers.

One Blood’s Dan the Blood Man helped hand out some of the more than 200 prizes.

One Blood’s Dan the Blood Man helped hand out some of the more than 200 prizes.

As the largest and longest running independent blood drive in Florida, The Blood Roundup celebrates its 10th year of service to Okeechobee by increasing the total number of units drawn to 4,504 units of blood.

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